What are Tags in WordPress and How to Use Them Effectively?

What are Tags in WordPress and How to Use Them Effectively

Tags in WordPress is one of the default taxonomy which allows you to group related posts. They can be one word or a few words that reflect your content and also lets readers know what the post is about. Tags also have massive benefits on SEO and help rank your page on Google and other search engines. You might have seen Tags in many web contents, there can be a number of Tags given to particular content. In this article, we will talk about them and how you can add Tags to a WordPress site.

Tags are an optional feature in WordPress. You must be wondering why to use Tags when it is not mandatory. When readers click on a particular tag, they can reach other posts that uses the same Tags. It links to all the related posts so allowing them to look for the desired contents. It also gives a clear sign of what your post is about and relates to, so make sure to use words that define your content. There is no limitation to the number of Tags you can use for your post.

For example, you have a post on Books, you can use Tags for the genre it belongs to, like Science fiction, Fantasy, and so on. When your readers click on these tags they will be able to view similar posts and pages.

What is the difference between Tags and Categories in WordPress?

Categories in WordPress is also used to group related posts or pages. Yet they do have differences with Tags which we will discuss below.

Categories are hierarchical in order which means you can create sub-categories. It is also used to group a broad range of topics or contents. Categories are mandatory. WordPress will assign the post to “Uncategorized” category if you haven’t placed your post under any category. Using many Categories for a single post is not a good idea. Only use more than one categories when it is necessary and makes sense to your readers.

If you want more on Categories, then please follow our article on How To Add Categories in WordPress?

Whereas, Tags doesn’t have any order, and each tag is itself a standalone entity. It defines a more specific topic of your post and is optional. There are no restrictions on the number of Tags you can use for a Post.

Hope you now have some understanding of Tags in WordPress. So, let’s see how you can add Tags.

How to Add Tags in WordPress?

There is a couple of ways by which you can add tags. The first and the quickest way of adding Tags is by creating them while writing your post.

As shown in the image above, find the Tag module on the right-hand side of your editor. Expand it, and then enter the Tags you want to.

Another method is by going to the WordPress dashboard and selecting Posts >> Tags.

After you have clicked on the Tags option, you should see a page as shown in the image above. Create a Tag by adding its name in the left section of the page and click on

Add the New Tag button when done. The right section shows the tags you have created until now. Slug and Description parts are optional.

Once you have created Tags, go to your post and expand the Tags module on the editor. Select the Tags to assign it to this particular post.

You can see the Tags you had created earlier as shown in the figure below.

How to Edit Tags in WordPress?

Editing Tags is super easy, you can edit your Tags by going to your WordPress dashboard.

Select Posts >> Tags.

On the Tags page, hover around the Tags you want to edit. You will see the options such as Edit, Quick Edit, Delete, and View.

If you choose quick edit mode you can only change the Tags name and Slug. While in Edit mode you can also make changes to Tags description. After editing, click on the Update button.

How to Delete Tags?

Similar to edit, to delete the Tags, click on the Delete option. And if you want to delete several Tags at once, click on the Bulk Actions menu then select the Delete option. After that select the Tags you want to delete and click on the Apply button.

How to display Tags in the front-end?

Now that you have added Tags to your content, let’s learn how we can display them on your site. It is important so that readers can see it on your post and explore other related content by clicking on the Tags.

The position where the Tags gets displayed will depend on the WordPress themes. If you want to customize the placement of Tags you will need a WordPress Plugin. As we are not using any plugins for now, the Tags will display on the footer of the page.

Simple Steps To Display Tags in WordPress sites.

  • From your WordPress Dashboard, select Appearance >> Widgets
  • Find the Tag Cloud widget, which should be under Available Widgets.
  • Drag and drop Tag Cloud from Available Widgets to the Footer section.
  • As shown in the figure, enter Title for this Tag cloud. The title is optional but giving it a name is no harm.
  • Also, choose the option Show tag counts if you want to display the number of Tags or leave it as it is for now.
  • In the end, if you have made any changes then click on the Save button or else click on the Done option.
  • That’s all, go to your post and see if Tags appears or not.

Below is an example from my site, Tags are being displayed on the bottom of the content.


We hope now you have some knowledge about Tags in WordPress and how to include them in your sites.

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